from Mia Marlowe…
Ok, I’ve probably shared before that I’m the Anti-Shopper. My secret identity usually makes itself known around RWA annual conference time. It’s when I have to force myself to either go buy something new or plan to run around the conference naked. I know I’m supposed to enjoy it, but I just can’t. My mom insists she did right by me as a kid and I do remember being dragged to the Yonkers store in downtown Des Moines. I hated trying things on, but I enjoyed riding on the escalator.
I think part of my problem is that women’s departments aren’t organized in a way that makes sense to my mind. Why aren’t all the pants in one place? All the blouses in another? And why do they insist on so many loud prints in large sizes? Honestly, does anyone look good in wide horizontal stripes?
But even if I don’t enjoy shopping for clothes, I really should enjoy shoe shopping, shouldn’t I? It’s a total girl thing, after all.
Unfortunately, I have duck feet. It’s absolutely not my fault that I’m hard to fit. I can wear European sizes, but in American sizes, I have to have a W on the box. Still, since it’s time for me to shine in Atlanta, I went to a big local shoe store that specializes in designer brands. As I wandered down the aisles, I finally understood the fascination. The shoes were to die for. So sexy. Super cute. Destined to melt the heart of even the most committed Anti-Shopper.
Then I made the mistake of asking where they kept the shoes with a W on the box.
I was shown to a small section in the corner filled with the ugliest shoes on the planet. I turned to the clerk and asked, “Does a complimentary walker come with those?”
I left feeling secure in my Anti-Shopper persona. However, there is a happy ending to this story. I decided if I couldn’t have sexy and super-cute, I’d at least go for comfort. I went to the Rockport store.
And I found these delightful slippers. They’re darling. Dare I say they’re a 21st century take on a Regency slipper? See the example to the right that would have been at home at Almack’s! In hot pink, they’re a pop of color and best of all, they fit my little duck feet!
So I’ll be “tripping the light fantastic” in my pink shoes in Atlanta starting on Wednesday. Still doing a little more packing.
Now, if I could just find something to wear besides horizontal stripes…
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How about you? Are you a shopper? Do you live for the deal? Or are you, like Mia, mystified by the whole process?